Todd Bornhauser

Todd Bornhauser started as the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce president in 2014. He's now stepping down, saying he's ready for a new challenge. (Northfield News file photo)

After four years at the helm, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce president is stepping down.

The Chamber announced the resignation of Todd Bornhauser Thursday, effective Jan. 30. Bornhauser took over the presidency in 2014 after resigning as head of the Lakeville Chamber, a job he held for 14 years. He said an in interview with the Northfield News that he's ready for a new challenge.

"I just think it’s time for new leadership (at the Chamber)," he said. "I’m not sure I have anything left to give."

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Board of Directors Chair Martha Kasper said, “Todd has been a great asset to the Northfield community. When Todd joined the Chamber four years ago, it’s safe to say that the organization faced significant challenges. Todd helped to right the ship and is leaving the organization on stronger footing. He has decided it’s time to pursue other opportunities and we wish him the best in his future.”

When Bornhauser first came to Northfield, the Chamber was facing a potential lawsuit from a former director, and membership in the organization had dropped below 200 businesses. Bornhauser noted some of the steps he'd proud the Chamber has taken since late 2014.

"Now we’re over 270 members; we have a small operating reserve; we’ve been able to move to a new location; we’ve been able to upgrade the technology; events are back at high interest level; we had our most successful golf tournament this year; we added an event with the fall gala," he said.

While he felt the need to move on, Bornhauser said he'll look back at his time fondly.

"I’m extremely proud of what we, capital W-E, were able to accomplish," he said. "It takes a great staff that can cover up your mistakes and make you look good; it takes committed volunteers; and it takes supportive members."

Now 56, Borhauser said he's not certain of his next career steps, but is hoping for something a little different than what he's been doing for the last decade and a half. He has a wife and three grown children and wants to spend more time with them.

Regardless of where he ends up, he thinks the Chamber has the opportunity to continue on a positive trajectory.

"It’s primed to take off," he said. "They’ll have the 100-year anniversary in 2020. I think we’ve laid the groundwork for the next person to come in, work smarter and accomplish even more."

According to the Chamber Board, a committee will be formed immediately to begin the search for a new organization president. A job description and instructions for application will be posted soon. Those interested can check the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism's website, northfieldchamber.com, for updates in the coming weeks.

Throughout the leadership transition, the events, services and resources of the Chamber will continue as planned.

Reach Associate Editor Philip Weyhe at 507-645-1115 or follow him on Twitter @nfnphilweyhe.

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